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Two Bomb Attacks Kill Five in Southern Afghanistan


Two separate bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan Wednesday killed five people and injured several others.

A NATO spokesman says a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at a police checkpoint in the Zahri district of Kandahar province, killing himself and three policemen. Three other policemen were wounded in the attack.

Also in Kandahar, a remote-controlled bomb killed two Afghan security guards working for a U.S. company. Six other guards were wounded.

In another development, U.S. forces say they have captured two suspected al-Qaida militants during a raid in eastern Afghanistan. A military statement says the two Afghan men were taken into custody this Wednesday morning in Nangarhar province.

The statement says coalition forces acted on intelligence about an al-Qaida member known to pass messages to senior leaders of the group. It says the two detained men are being questioned about links to the terrorist organization.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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